Rose Essential Oil | Uses

We often associate the smell of roses with love, romance, feminity and summer gardens! They have been adored for centuries by personalities such as Cleopatra (69 BC – 30 BC) & Josephine de Beauharnais (wife of Napoleon I)(1736 – 1814). Roses are cultivated around the world for their high value in perfumery. But, did you know that roses have way more to offer than just their strong floral fragrance? They can help us in several ways apart from being the perfect stress busters! The 2 main products obtained from them are Rose Water & Rose Essential Oil. Both of these products have their own individual purposes and qualities. Rose Water is the best substitute for skin refreshing mists and toners. However, Rose essential oil has many different benefits and uses which we’re going to talk about today, along with some DIY recipes.

Rose Essential Oil | Uses

Some Facts About Rose Essential Oil:

Rose essential oil is extracted by the process of distillation of rose petals. Thousand of rose petals are required to extract the minimum quantity of Rose oil through distillation and extraction.

It is one of the most highly priced essential oil. Although, you might find much cheaper options in the market, they might be adulterated. Sadly, due to the high prices of this Rose essential oil, manufactures often tend to dilute it with other substitutes as Geranium essential oil. So, if you find a cheaper version of the rose oil in market, think twice before buying it.

Aroma:

Strong floral smell, obviously of Roses.

Benefits of Rose Essential Oil:
  • Antidepressant:

Rose Essential Oil has antidepressant properties. In spas, it is used in aromatherapy massages for calming and relaxing sensations. The smell of Rose Essential Oil relieves anxiety.

  • Antibacterial:

Rose Essential oil demonstrate strong antimicrobial properties that helps in fighting a very wide range of bacterial and viral funguses.

  • Antioxidant:

Rose essential oil contains high amount of Vitamin C which is a natural antioxidant.

  • Skincare:

Rose Essential Oil has several antimicrobial and antioxidant properties to make it a much sought after product in the skincare industry. In fact, one of the most therapeutic properties of the oil is its use in skincare.  In 2010, Chinese researchers published a study uncovering that rose oil exhibited one of the strongest bactericidal activities compared to 10 other oils. They also discovered that just after five minutes of a 0.25 percent dilution, Propionibacterium acnes(the bacteria responsible for acne) was completely destroyed!

Some DIY Recipes & Uses of Rose Essential Oil:
  • Body Scrub:

Mix ½ cup granulated sugar with 2 tsp of coconut oil and a few drops of Rose essential oil. Use this scrub before taking your bath for a relaxing experience. This scrub will get rid of all the dead skin on your body leaving it soft, smooth and supple.

  • Facial serum:

Mix 1 drop Rose, 2 drops each Sandalwood and Frankincense essential oils with 1 cup of any carrier oil. Apply nightly after cleansing.

  • Natural Air Freshener:

Diffuse 3 drop Rose and 2 Drops of frankincense essential oil in 1 cup of water. Pour this fragrant mixture into a spray bottle and make your home smell of fresh roses!

  • Soothing Bath:

Add a few drops of Rose essential oil and a few rose petals in your bath water and feel all the stress leave your body.

  • DIY Mosturiser:

Add 2 drops of Rose oil to 1 tbsp Aloe Vera gel and apply as a mask for 30 minutes for smooth and soft skin.

  • Anti-acne Serum:

Pour 2 drops of Rose, 2 drops of Tea tree and 2 drops of Grape seed essential oil in 1 cup of Sweet almond oil. Store this mixture in a bottle (preferably, a pump bottle). Use it every night on cleansed face. This serum also helps in lightening acne spots.

  • You can also add a drop of Rose essential oil to your night cream or mosturiser for added results.

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